My first boat and the beginning of this adventure is Tula. You can read a little bit about her below and you can get a quick virtual tour also. Scroll down a little for more info on Tula.
We now live on a 1973 Marine Trader Trawler called “Neverland”. Here is a quick virtual tour of Neverland.
We bought Neverland from an awesome couple in Freeport, NY. They did a ton of work to her bringing her back from a pretty much abandoned boat.
We absolutely love living and traveling aboard Neverland. A ton of people ask if we miss being on a sailboat and the answer is YES (sometimes). We made a quick video comparing living on a sailboat vs. trawler.
Another FAQ we get while we live and travel aboard Neverland is “How much does it cost to live on a boat?” which we have also answered in a short video.
First off Tula means “balance” in sanskrit, because everything needs to have balance, right? Especially a sailboat! She is a 1977 Victoria Frances 26′. Chuck Payne designed the Frances as a boat that would be small, easy to maintain but strong and comfortable enough for him to take to and from the Caribbean each winter. They were originally manufactured by Morris Yachts in Maine but after a few years Victoria Yachts took over hull production which is where Tula was born.
According to the previous owner, the boat was sailed across the Atlantic ocean and up to the great lakes in upstate New York (not sure which lake though). The owner there was a carpenter and finished the inside of the cabin with a lot of woodwork and named her Robin after his daughter. After many years the boat was sold to a man from New York City. He kept her and sailed her in Bay Shore, NY and Fair Harbor over on Fire Island. Every year him and his wife would do a circumnavigation around Long Island. This owner eventually became too busy to use and maintain the boat and in about 2006 he signed over the title to the boat yard in Bay Shore where she was kept uncovered and unmaintained. I began to notice this perfect little cruising boat sitting in the boat yard summer after summer across the canal from where I park for work everyday. In October 2012 I purchased the boat for $800 and sailed/towed her to another yard in Sayville where I began to restore her. Here are a few before/during/after pictures of Tula.